Big City Buildings

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

Big City Buildings

Have you ever gazed up at the towering skyscrapers that dominate the city skyline? I find it fascinating to ponder the sheer magnificence of these colossal structures. They stand tall and proud, like giants, reaching for the sky. Each one is a testament to human ingenuity and ambition.

When I look at these buildings, I can’t help but wonder about the stories they hold within their walls. What dreams have been realized within those office spaces? What triumphs and failures have played out behind those glass windows? It’s as if each building has its own personality – a silent witness to the ebb and flow of city life.

But these buildings are not just symbols of human achievement; they also serve a practical purpose. They provide us with a place to work, to create, to collaborate. They are hubs of innovation and progress. Without them, the bustling energy of the city would be diminished.

However, it’s crucial to acknowledge the potential downsides of these behemoths. While they offer convenience and opportunity, they can also be overwhelming. The sheer density of people and activity can be suffocating at times. It’s easy to feel lost amidst the maze of buildings and streets, like a tiny speck in a vast urban landscape.

So, how do we navigate this urban jungle? How do we find our place and make our mark? The key lies in embracing both the grandeur and the challenges that big city buildings present. It’s about finding balance between the wonder and the chaos, the solitude and the community.

In conclusion, big city buildings are more than just structures of steel and glass. They are symbols of human ambition and progress, providing us with spaces to create and thrive. While they can be overwhelming at times, they also offer countless opportunities and hold the stories of countless lives. So let’s appreciate these architectural wonders and the vibrant tapestry of city life they represent.

In Big City, there are 11 things you can build, each with its own unique qualities. These things can be grouped into four categories:

  • Residences and businesses
  • Special buildings
  • Parks and factories
  • Streetcars

Residences and businesses

When it comes to residences and businesses in the city, there are some fundamental characteristics that remain the same. The only thing that sets them apart is the impact of their location on their value. We have three sizes available: the single, which requires one property, the double, which requires two adjacent properties, and the triple, which requires three properties in a line.

Before we get into it, there are a few things you need to know. First, residences and businesses can be placed at any time and anywhere in the city. There are no special requirements you need to meet in order to build them.

Worth: The value of a single residence or business is 2. If it’s a double residence or business, the value is 6. And if it’s a triple residence or business, the value is 10. These values can change depending on their surroundings. If a building is next to a park, its value increases by 1. However, if it’s next to a factory, the value decreases by 2. If a building is next to a streetcar line, its value doubles.

But that’s not all. The location of a building can also affect its value. For residences, if they are on the outskirts of a town, their value goes up by 1. As for businesses, if they are in the center of the city, their value increases by 1. And if a business is built right next to city hall, its value is doubled.

So here’s the thing: when businesses set up shop next to both city hall and the streetcar line, their value skyrockets. Trust me, it’s a game-changer. Let’s break it down: imagine a business on the outskirts of town, right next to a factory, city hall, and the streetcar line. Now, take the base value of 6 and subtract 2 for the factory. That gives us a sub-total of 4. But here’s where it gets interesting. If you multiply that sub-total by 3, because it’s next to both city hall and the streetcar line, you end up with a total score of 12 points. A tripled value! Pretty neat, huh?

Now, let’s talk about residences in the same area. They work a little differently. Start with the base value of 6, then add 1 because it’s on the outskirts. Subtract 2 for the factory. This gives us a sub-total of 5. Now, multiply that sub-total by 2, because it’s next to the streetcar line. And voila! You get a total score of 10 points. The streetcar doubles the value of residences, but city hall doesn’t really have any effect on them.

Now, when it comes to other buildings, things get a bit more interesting. Residences and businesses don’t actually impact the value of other buildings. However, they are important prerequisites for certain buildings to exist. Buildings like banks, cinemas, post offices, and shopping centers all need residences and businesses nearby to thrive. They’re like the missing puzzle pieces that make the bigger picture complete.

Unique Structures You Should Know About

Let me give you the lowdown on some interesting buildings you might not be aware of. These include the city hall, cinema, bank, post office, shopping center, and church.

The City Hall: The Heart of the Town

Hey there! Let me tell you about an important building called City Hall. It’s a pretty special place, being the only property that the city hall needs. You can build it at any time during the game.

But before you get all excited, there are a few things you need to know. City Hall has some prerequisites. You can’t just build it anywhere you want. It has to be built away from the outskirts on city center property. So keep that in mind when you’re choosing the perfect spot for your city hall.

Now, here’s something interesting. When you build city hall, you won’t actually earn any points for it. I know, it sounds strange, but that’s just how it is. Sometimes, building something special is its own reward!

But that’s not all! City Hall also has some influence on other buildings in your city. After you’ve built city hall, you can start placing other special buildings, parks, factories, and even the streetcar line. And here’s the cool part – when you place businesses, banks, cinemas, or post offices next to city hall, their value doubles! That’s a pretty sweet bonus, right?

And if you’re really lucky, there’s a chance that one of these buildings is not only next to city hall, but also next to the streetcar line. If that happens, their value gets tripled! Talk about a major upgrade!

Did I mention that city hall is super special? It’s so special, in fact, that it can fulfill one of the prerequisites for the shopping center. That’s pretty neat, right? It’s like city hall has its own secret powers!

Oh, and one more thing. Once you’ve built city hall, you can start adding new neighborhoods to your city. You see, city hall is like the key that unlocks the door to new possibilities in your city-building adventure.


I have some interesting information to share with you about a special building in the city called the church. Let’s dive in!

First of all, there are some requirements that need to be met before the church can be built. It can only be constructed after the city hall has been built. Additionally, the church can only be the last building in a neighborhood and it must be located on a property that has a double number, like 11, 33, or 88.

Now, let’s talk about the worth of the church. When you place a church, it automatically scores you 15 points. It’s a solid score that you can count on. The church doesn’t receive any bonuses or penalties from other buildings or the streetcar line.

The church also has some interesting effects on other buildings. It’s considered a special building that can fulfill one of the prerequisites for the shopping center. However, it doesn’t have any direct influence on the value of other buildings.

Let’s Talk About Cinema, Post Office, and Bank!

Hey there! I want to share some information with you about these awesome buildings. Each building has its own special requirement before you can put it in your city.

First things first: Before you can build any of these buildings, you need to make sure you have already built your city hall. That’s the starting point!

Let’s talk about the cinema. In order to build a cinema, you need at least two houses next to the property where the cinema will go. Keep in mind, if you have a fancy double house, it only counts as one house, not two.

If you’re interested in a post office, you’ll need both a business and a house next to the property. But for a bank, you need two businesses instead of a house. Just like with the houses, if you have a double business, it still only counts as one.

Now you know what it takes to build these amazing buildings. So, get started and create the city of your dreams!

Value: Each of these buildings starts with a base worth of 5 points. The worth doubles if the building is placed next to a streetcar line or city hall. If it is placed next to both the streetcar line and city hall, then the worth triples.

Influence on other buildings: The cinema, post office, and bank are special buildings. They can meet one of the requirements for the shopping center but do not affect the worth of other buildings.

The Shopping Center

I’m sure you’re curious about the requirements for building a shopping center. Well, let me break it down for you. First things first, city hall needs to be built before the shopping center can even be considered.

Now, when it comes to the prerequisites, you’ll need a few things in place. To build a shopping center, you’ll need at least one residence, one business, one special building, and the trusty streetcar line. These need to be adjacent to the properties that will house the shopping center. It’s important to note that they don’t have to be adjacent to both properties, just one is enough. And no worries, not all the adjacent buildings have to be connected to the same property.

Once you’ve got all the pieces in place, you can expect a solid 30 points when the shopping center is finally complete. No bonuses, no penalties. It stands on its own, unaffected by other buildings or the streetcar line.

Now, here’s an interesting tidbit. The shopping center is classified as a special building. This means it can fulfill the prerequisite for another shopping center. So, it kinda has some sway in the real estate world but doesn’t really impact the value of other buildings.

Now, let’s talk about parks and factories.

I want to tell you about the rules for building parks and factories in a city. It’s really important to follow these rules so that everything is fair and organized.

First, before anyone can build a park or a factory, the city hall has to be built. This is like the main building that sets everything in motion.

If you want to build a park or a factory, you need to have the property card with the picture of the park or factory you want to build. This card tells you what you need to do.

Now, you can build parks and factories on any empty property that is big enough for them. But there are some rules about where they can be located.

Let’s start with parks. Parks can be built in any neighborhood, as long as there is enough empty space. They don’t have to be in the same neighborhood as the card you used to build them.

That’s it for parks! Now let’s talk about the factories.

Hey there! Did you know that Lincoln Park and Central Park are both in need of some properties? It’s true! Lincoln Park needs two properties, and Central Park needs three properties, but they have to be in a line.

Before we get started, let me tell you the prerequisites. When it comes to the properties for a park, you can only have one property on the outskirts of the city. Keep that in mind!

Now, let’s talk about the value of placing a park. Here’s the thing – you won’t get any points for it. Yep, zero points. But here’s the cool part – if you build a residence or a business next to a park, it gets a boost of 1 point in value. How awesome is that?

Now, one last thing. Parks don’t have any influence on special buildings. So keep that in mind when you’re planning your city!


Hey there! I’ve got some interesting information for you about the properties needed by Stanford Corporation and Rockwell Industries. Let’s dive in!

First up, Stanford Corporation is looking for three properties shaped like an “L.” These properties are part of the stack for neighborhood 6 property cards. Pretty cool, right?

On the other hand, Rockwell Industries needs four properties arranged in a square. These properties can be found in the stack for neighborhood 8 property cards. Quite a specific requirement!

Now, let’s talk about the prerequisites for building a factory. You need at least two properties on the outskirts of the city where the factory will be built. Keep that in mind if you’re planning to build one!

Here’s an important point: when it comes to points, the player who builds a factory won’t receive any. It’s all about the challenge and strategy, not the points, I guess!

Now, let’s explore how a factory influences other buildings. If a residence or business is built on an adjacent property, the value of that building will be reduced by 2 points. That’s the effect of having a factory nearby. However, special buildings are not affected by the factory. They remain untouched!

Now, let’s move on to the Streetcar Line. Exciting stuff lies ahead!

When you’re building a city, there’s a rule about where to place the streetcar line. You can only put it down after you’ve built city hall. So, I’m the one who starts the streetcar line, and I get to put one streetcar on any street in the city.

Once the first streetcar is down, everyone else can start placing one or two streetcars on their turn. You have a choice – you can put both of them at the same end, put them at different ends, or even put them somewhere in the middle to make the line go in different directions.

Is it worth it? Well, building streetcars doesn’t get you any points.

How does it affect other buildings? The streetcar line doesn’t have any effect on churches. It’s necessary for shopping centers, but it doesn’t impact their score. But here’s an interesting thing – if you place houses, businesses, banks, post offices, or cinemas next to a streetcar line, their value gets doubled!

Hey there! Let me break down for you the rules about the streetcar line bonus. But before we begin, remember, this is a special perk that only applies if the streetcar line runs alongside or touches your property.

Now, here’s the deal. If the streetcar line runs directly alongside your property, you’ve hit the jackpot! You’ll get the bonus and your property value gets a boost. The same goes if the streetcar line just grazes the corner of your property. Adjacency is key here.

But what about when a business like a cinema, bank, or post office is located right next to both the streetcar line and city hall? Well, my friend, that’s when things get even better. In this special case, the value of the property is tripled! Talk about a sweet deal, right?

So remember, when it comes to the streetcar line bonus, adjacency is everything. Your property value will soar if the line runs right alongside it. And if you have a business that’s adjacent to both the streetcar line and city hall, your property value will triple. It’s a fantastic way to boost your investment!

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